First Blush

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Dress by DKNY // Nude slip worn underneath by Snug Camisoles from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // Sunglasses by Sunettes $189 The Eyebrarian PH: 843-901-1447 // Ring $155 by Julie Voss from  Shirtini 843-259-5243 // Stacked wavy band rings $65 each by Christina Jervey // Hematite Earrings $200 by Dana Kellin from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Labradorite evil eye necklace $675 by Theodosia Jewelry // Saratoga pearl cuff $52, Faro cuff $52, Beaumont cuff $52 by Moon & Lola PH: 843-974-5866 // Clutch from The Hidden Countship // Melissa shoes from Berlins // Lipstick in Florence by Trish McEvoy at Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Photography by Lauren Sykes and Clifford Pate

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Silver Lining

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Lace Jumpsuit by Kate McDonald // Vintage Christian Dior marabou shrug // necklace by Made in the Deep South // Antler Box clutch in pearl white python $549 by Taxidermy // Cuff $285 and ring $155 by Julie Voss from  Shirtini 843-259-5243 // Gold square stacked rings $95 each by Christina Jervey // Lipstick in Florence by Trish McEvoy at Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by Ashley Dessaure and makeup by Megan Evans at Stella Nova West Ashley

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On the Fringe

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Black fringe dress $246.99 by DKNY // Antler Necklace with Diamond cross $430 by Rebecca Lankford from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Pave diamond snake earrings $1,350, wooden pendant necklace with pave diamonds $1,195, black sapphire ring $1,250, pave diamond ring $1,650, pave diamond snake ring $595 all by Theodosia Jewelry //  Swarovski Pebble Ring, Rose Tone from Reed’s Jewelers // Camo leather antler box clutch $395 by Taxidermy // Sunglasses by Mondo for See Eyewear // Booties by United Nude

Photography by Lauren Sykes, hair by Kalena Doo and makeup by Larissa Stewart at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Decadent Details

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White dress shirt by Asoni $239 from Shirtini 843-259-5243 // Pink feathered skirt by DKNY // Antler Box clutch in pearl white python $549 by Taxidermy // Carnegie studs $62 by Moon and Lola // Necklace by Made in the Deep South // Ippolita Rock Candy Constellation Ring in Clear Quartz $395, Slane Hampton Pearl Ring $220 from Reed’s // Mona heels in grey $59 by MIA Shoes // Nailpolish in “Birthday Suit” by LAQ & Co. $13 from Birchbox

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by  Chelsea Sillivant and Makeup by Shannon Spicer at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Maddison Row & Bella Bridesmaids Spring Show

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A few weeks ago bridal boutique Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaids presented their beautiful spring runway show at Cannon Green.  A precursor to Charleston Fashion Week, it was the perfect warm up to the fashion frenzy that ensued the following week.  Set in the swank venue of Cannon Green the guests enjoyed the first warm day of spring while sipping cocktails in their outdoor courtyard.  Go to bridal photographer about town Virgil Bunao alongside Lauren Jonas captured the bridal beauties backstage as they relished in their dreamy dresses.

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Color Me Glad

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Sleeveless Exaggerated Flounce Dress $375 by Cynthia Rowley // Kimono $395 horn cuffs, and Cowry Radiance necklace $160 by IBU PH: 843-327-8304 // Wide hammered 14k band $125 by Christina Jervey // Yellow gold textured band with diamond $650, solitaire diamond ring $725
band with diamonds all around $575 all by Victoria Cunningham, Brass stacking rings $15 each by Meyelo from Elizabeth Stuart Designs PH: 843-388-3892 // The Shoreditch Clutch In Aegean Blue & Python $595 by Dea Rosa Athens from Taigan // Rose Strappy Sandal $250 by DKNY

Toenail polish in “Squid Ink” $13, Nailpolish in “Birthday Suit” by LAQ & Co. $13 all from Birchbox

Photography by Lauren Sykes, Makeup by Kori Mahoney at Cosbar of Charleston, Hair by Diana Cordova at Allure Salon

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Lady Bird

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Moto leather jacket $446.99 , Mesh crop top $175, and white feathered skirt by DKNY // Sunglasses by Illesteva $290 from The Eyebrarian PH: 843-901-1447 // Earrings, bracelets, and stacked rings by Freida Rothman, silver and pewter bangles by Elizabeth & James $150 each, white gold and diamond I bar ring $1,380 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box  PH: 843-723-3594 // Swarovski Hot Narrow crystal necklace $249 and “The Facet” rose gold watch by Nixon $250 at Reed’s  // Rose gold stack rings by Rebecca Lankford – rose gold band with diamonds all around $750, crown band $372, textured band $192 from Elizabeth Stuart Designs PH: 843-388-3892 // The Stella in Radiant Orchid bag by Dea Rosa $450 from Taigan // Shoes by 10 Crosby Derek Lam $350 from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: Lipstick in “Ring of Fire” $20 , Toenail polish in “Squid Ink” $13, Nailpolish in “Birthday Suit” by LAQ & Co. $13 all from Birchbox

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by  Chelsea Sillivant and Makeup by Shannon Spicer at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Taxidermy, The Technicolor Python Accessory

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Ashford Satchel in Natural Python $1,195 by Taxidermy // Carrie Crossbody in Hot Pink and Neon Lime Python $549 by Taxidermy  // Trench by 1. State $178 from Warren on King PH: 843-725-9144 // Shoes by Vince $425 from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190  // Necklace $130 from  Graffito  // Brass cuff $85 and Vermeil shield ring $148 by Peyton William // Vintage earrings from Provenance

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Zippy Clutch in Navy Python $425 by Taxidermy // Trench by Yoana Baraschi $373 from  Berlins  // Bikini top by Frankie’s Bikinis $85 and bikini bottom by L Space $60 from Las Olas // Vermeil spike earrings $98 and Vermeil shield ring $148 by Peyton William / Rings by Van H. Jewelry


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Zippy Fringe Clutch in Natural Python $470 by Taxidermy  // Ashford Satchels in Hot Pink, Red, and Neon Lime Python $1,195 by Taxidermy // Dress by Bailey 44 from  V2V // Vermeil shield ring $148 by Peyton William // Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell $139.99 from Ooh! Ooh! Shoes //  Vintage marabou coat (stylist’s own) // Large horn necklace by Nature Bijoux $300 from Graffito


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Antler Box in Nude Python $549 by Taxidermy // Dress by Jonathan Simkhai and earrings from Berlins // Cuff from Graffito

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Amy Driggers, the founder and designer of Taxidermy has had a presence in Charleston for almost a year, but made her huge debut at Southern Protocol with her trunk show during Charleston Fashion Week.  Her covetable python bags come in every color of the rainbow and every shape you can dream of.  But the technicolor skins don’t stop there.  Amy has expanded her collection with jackets and redesigned converse sneakers.  Amy’s endless ideas are what keeps her accessory line evolving and everyone taking notice. View more to find out more about the Virginia based accessoriy desginer and what insires her.

Photography by Lauren Sykes, Model – Mikal Davis at Tout Talent, Hair and Makeup by Mac Does Hair, Styling by Andrea Serrano

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Lace Up

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Lace romper $298 by Cynthia Rowley // All jewelry by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box  PH: 843-723-3594 // Sunglasses by Lunettes Kollektion $389 from The Eyebrarian PH: 843-901-1447 // “Zippy” python clutch in natural $425 by Taxidermy // “Kase” gladiator heels in walnut $198 by Vince Camuto // Nailpolish in “Birthday Suit” by LAQ & Co. $13 from Birchbox

Photography by Lauren Sykes, hair by Kalena Doo and makeup by Larissa Stewart at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Featured Bridal Designer: Amsale

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Internationally acclaimed bridal designer Amsale graced the Charleston Fashion Week runway with her luxurious gowns.  Ethiopian born, NY based designer Amsale not only creates gorgeous wedding dresses, but also designs evening wear for red carpet celebrities and feature films such as The Hangover, 27 Dresses, and Grey’s Anatomy.  It’s no wonder that her label is regarded as the bridal go to for  high fashion wedding gowns.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Local Bridal Retailer: Gown Boutique

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Every dress that the Gown Boutique of Charleston sent down the runway at Charleston Fashion Week was a showstopper.  These are not your average bridal dresses, but rather an exquisite couture quality gown that an A-list celebrity would wear to a red carpet event.  And that’s what the ladies of the Gown Boutique make you feel like when you pick out your dress for your big day, nothing less than a movie star. With a selection that would rival any big city bridal salon, this Mt. Pleasant based boutique stocks unique dresses that suit any style of wedding for any budget.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Local Bridal Retailer: Southern Protocol

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Southern Protocol might be new on the scene of bridal boutiques here in Charleston, but wedding planners Lizz Akerman and Michelle Miller have been immersed in the industry for years.  As weddings planners they saw the growing need for a more diverse selection of dresses for brides to choose from.  Stocking their downtown store with favorites such as Lula Kate, Carol Hannah, Heidi & Elnora, and Nicole Miller, they were eager to put on a show displaying the best of the best.  Accenting  some of the gowns were snakeskin bags and a shrug from Taxidermy , a popular line carried at their Market Street boutique.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Local Bridal Retailer: Modern Trousseau

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Modern Trousseau’s dresses might have a southern flair, but the Australian bred, Connecticut based designer Callie Tein makes dresses that are instinctually classic.  The runway show at Charleston Fashion Week was a beautiful display of traditional lace dresses, silk ball gowns, tulle skirts, and a beaded dress with a matching caplet.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Bridal Designer: Kate McDonald

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Nationally recognized, locally based bridal designer Katherine McDonald put on a charming show at Charleston Fashion Week with some surprises.  Her staple “Little White Dresses” and classic gowns are a mainstay, but it was the showstopping hand painted gown, lace jumpsuit, and two-piece boy short ensemble that kept you guessing “What’s next?” for this local favorite.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Local Bridal Retailer: White

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White a bridal boutique based in Daniel Island, showed their diverse selection of gowns at Charleston Fashion Week.  Everything from ethereal flowy dresses, to old hollywood glam, to fairytale princess gowns, this store has you covered.  Owner Jodi Moylan is just as eclectic as her merchandise and is always eager to please her clients when choosing the right gown or making them a custom one.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Bridal Designer: One Love by Rachel Gordon

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Rachel Gordon’s fashion show at Charleston Fashion Week was an ethereal display of dreamy dresses fit for any boho bride.  The gorgeous gowns were accented by custom jewelry made by local artist Jen Bonoma of Birdsong Jewelry. The dynamic duo share a studio space on Upper King and have collaborated for years, complimenting each others one of a kind creations.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Featured Designer: Carlos Campos

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As the closing show, New York based menswear designer Carlos Campos brought his modern menswear perspective to Charleston Fashion Week.  Immersed in a family that focused on design and master tailoring, his future in fashion was in his destiny.  His mainstay aesthetic of clean lines and modern fabrications brought together a streamlined collection of impeccably fitted garments.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Emerging Designer 2015 Winner: Gloria Forehand

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Gloria Forehand was the winner of the 2015 Emerging Designer competition at Charleston Fashion Week. The Korean born designer infused her heritage into every elegantly designed piece giving her collection an authentic point of view.  Eastern sensibility meets American wearability in her fall collection that focused on evening wear.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

Featured Designer: Seam Siren

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Featured designer Mary Wutz of Seam Siren conjured a collection of eco-concious clothing at Charleston Fashion Week. The fabric is made out of Nepalese nettle fibers sourced from an eastern  Himalayan women’s cooperative. Mary’s initiative to support the Kulung tribe of eastern Nepal encompasses her belief in preserving the ancient technique of producing fabric and constructing garments.

Photography by Lauren Sykes

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Charleston Fashion Week Day 5 Streetstyle

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As Charleston Fashion Week draws to a close, some of the best dressed people in Charleston pulled out all of the stops.  The styles ran the gamut from streetwear to party frocks to well suited gentleman. I think we live up to the title of the most attractive people in the U.S. pretty well.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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